Birmingham City University

Operating Department Practice Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Are you interested in a rewarding career in perioperative care? Have you got excellent management skills and a passion for supporting others? Start your journey to becoming a vital part of the theatre team with our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice (ODP) course.

ODP's are a vital part of the operating theatre team, with their role varying from day to day. Working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and healthcare support workers, ODPs ensure that every operation is as safe and effective as possible. While receiving continuous individual support and guidance, this course prepares you to become an independent practitioner within the operating department environment, able to respond to changes in health care needs and priorities.

You will learn and practice in a real-life operating theatre, within our state-of-the-art £71 million City South Campus and will benefit from excellent graduate employability rates. Successful completion of this course means you will be eligible to apply for registration as an ODP with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and can work within a multidisciplinary operating theatre team.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B772
Institution code B25
Campus name City South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus code E

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science at Grade B
Subjects excluded - General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
subject excluded Early Years
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remaining 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3. Within the level 3 credits, a minimum of 24 must be achieved at merit or distinction including 18 in science or health subjects. Must have Mathematics and English Language GCSE at 4 or equivalent prior to application.
Must be in a Health and Social Care or Science related pathway
subject excluded Non Health & Social Care or Science Pathways.
GCSE equivalents only from Access Courses achieved prior to 2014, except for 2 Year Part Time Courses started within the 12/13 academic year. 12 Credits must be achieved at Level 2 + and certificate must state 'GCSE Equivalent.
GCSE science is not required for Access students.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS AA - EE Must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science
subject excluded General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma. Minimum 112 points required
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
Extended Project Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE 3 subjects at grade 4 must include Mathematics, English language and science subjects. Must have been achieved at the point of application.

Acceptable equivalent qualifications:

- BTEC Level 2 Diploma - Science, Applied Science
- BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - Science, Applied Science
- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
- Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Math, English Language and Science
- Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number or Communication
HNC (BTEC) P Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents, Applied Science
HND (BTEC) P Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents, Applied Science
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted

"Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4
Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points
"For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted

For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR English Language Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Must include Health, Social or Science related subjects
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents. Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents. Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Subjects excluded Early Years
Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents (not including Early Years).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents (not including Early Years). Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

Must Include Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents

British bachelor's degree 2.2 or above In a related subject. Non-relevant subjects may be considered if you have evidence of health or science qualification at A-level standard.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Satisfactory Occupational Health check.

Interview

Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, numeracy & literacy tests, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course. We will also be incorporating the completion of a behavioural styles assessment: the Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ) before you are invited to a Selection Day. We are using it alongside the other selection criteria to ensure a fairer and more objective approach to assessing personal readiness for healthcare training. If your application is successful, we will then be running interviews during January, February, March and April for our September intake’


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with no subtest below 6.5

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
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B5 5JU


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